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Support for Families and Friends

If someone you know has a drinking or drug problem, chances are you have been affected more than you realize. There is help and support available.
  1. Family Support Groups (48)
  2. Adult Children of Alcoholics (29)
  3. Domestic Abuse (43)
  4. Tips for Parents (77)
  5. Denial, Enabling (13)
  6. Codependency Resources (32)
  7. Family Intervention (10)
  8. Children of Alcoholics (16)

How Can I Get Him to Stop?
By the time family members ask this question, the drinker has usually crossed over from occasional alcohol abuse to actual alcohol dependence.

Why Is Alcoholism Called a Family Disease?
The disease of alcoholism can affect everyone in the family whether they realize it or not.

Are You Helping or Enabling?
The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not your actions and reactions to the alcoholic might be enabling instead of helping.

How Can I Help an Alcoholic or Addict?
Sometimes when the families of addicts face a crisis situation their first response is to rush in and help, when the best thing may be to do nothing.

Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close. The following questions, from Al-Anon Family Groups, are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon.

Is It Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism?
Is your love one an alcoholic or merely a problem drinker or alcohol abuser. These 20 questions might give you an indication if it has progressed to the alcohol dependence stage.

Coping With a Family Member in Rehab
Having any member of your family in rehab for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing and perhaps even struggling with a lot of concerns, questions and maybe some misconceptions about how professional treatment works.

Addiction Treatment Should Include Family Therapy
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has unveiled the first practical guide for substance abuse treatment counselors to incorporate family therapy techniques into substance abuse treatment.

Games Alcoholic Families Play
As the saying goes, you are not the cause of someone else's drinking problem, you cannot cure it and you can't control it. But there are ways that you may be contributing to the problem.

The Many Facets of Enabling
What is the best way to react to the situation? How do you react when the alcoholic has pulled another one of his stunts?

Al-Anon Topics for Beginners
Some of the topics that seem to be of most interest to those who are newcomers to Al-Anon Family Groups, or who want to learn more about the program.

One Family's Story
This unfortunately is a true story about how many lives one alcoholic can affect, and how alcoholism can spiral into a full-fledged family disease.

What Have You Tried to Get Someone to Stop Drinking?
What efforts have you made to try to get someone that you care about to stop drinking?

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Love an Alcoholic
Here are 10 things that you can stop doing that may help you find solutions for dealing with an alcoholic loved one.

Have You Been Playing a Role in the Life of an Alcoholic?
Though it may be hard to admit it, do you think you could – intentionally or not – be playing a role in the life of an alcoholic?

What Makes the Victims of Violence Stay?
Most people who come in contact with the inappropriate behavior of an alcoholic will simply walk away. But for many others it is not so simple.

The Cycle of Violence in an Alcoholic Family
Don't worry, he whispers, it will never happen again. I promise.

The Cycle of Violence Repeats in the Alcoholic Family
It took only three months for the cycle of violence to go from the making up stage through the building up of tension, and finally to an outburst of violence.

Chat Meeting Topic - Enabling
Experience, strength, and hope on the topic enabling, shared in an online meeting.

Another Child Affected by Alcoholism
Because of the insidious nature of alcoholism, alcoholics and even those around them sometimes do not notice that their behavior has slowly grown more extreme and unacceptable.

Al-Anon Meeting Topic: Being Powerless
Before I came into Al-Anon the concept of being powerless was totally foreign to me.

An Alcoholic's Final Victim
When we last visited David and Glenda, they had just repeated the cycle of violence again and were in the break-up stage, cancelling a long-planned family vacation.

The List of Victims Grows in the Alcoholic Family
When alcohol begins to take more and more control of their lives, many alcoholics find themselves making promises that they cannot keep, buying things they cannot afford, and signing contracts they cannot possibly fulfill.

When an Alcoholic or Addict Dies
When someone who has an addiction passes away, the grieving process for those who are close to the addict or alcoholic can be particularly difficult, because the survivors are always left with the "what if" questions.

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